James Earns Second Place in All-Around Competition

Vanessa James

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. --- The University of New Hampshire women's gymnastics team placed second in a four-team meet at Penn State on Saturday night. The Wildcats (192.275) were able to hold off Cornell (187.100) and Missouri (191.925), but were unable to defeat host team Penn State (193.575).

Senior co-captain Vanessa James (Malden, Mass.) led the team with a total 38.575 points. Her score landed her a second-place finish in the all-around competition, losing out only to Penn State's Lindsay Borkan. Junior Amanda Hall (Bremerton, Wash.) came in fifth in the all-around competition, scoring a 38.125.

In the vaulting competition, UNH (6-3) took five of the top 10 finishes for a total 48.675 points. The team vaulting score was the highest of the four teams. Hall earned the vaulting title with her score of 9.8. Close behind were sophomore Jennifer Jones (Billerica, Mass.) and senior Tara Phillips (Houston, Texas), tying for fourth place with matching scores of 9.75. James earned a 9.7 in the event, while freshman Zoë Magiros (Parsippany, N.J.) scored a 9.675.

On bars, the Wildcats were able to stick a few solid routines to stay in the competition. James was the top scorer for the 'Cats with a 9.6 and a 10th place finish overall. Senior Lindsay Berrios (Long Pond, Pa.) and freshman Beth Bronson (Jacksonville, Fla.) were right behind with matching scores of 9.575.

The 'Cats had a solid outing on beam, again taking five of the top 10 finishes. Senior co-captain Vanessa Berrios (Lond Pond, Pa.) earned the first-place accolade for the night with her season-high score of 9.775. James was UNH's next-best scorer with a 9.650 to earn her fourth on beam. Lindsay Berrios, Bronson, and Hall tied for seventh place with scores of 9.575.

On floor, the 'Cats were able to put together another set of solid performances, earning a team score of 48.200. Hall earned the highest finish for the Wildcats with a score of 9.750 to place her in fifth. Junior Mariana Peña Trestini (Valencia, Venezuela) earned a 9.650, while James came in right behind with her own 9.625.

The Wildcats return home Saturday, Feb. 12 to host the annual Fox Run Invitational at 7 p.m. at the Whittemore Center Arena. The 'Cats will play host to Michigan, Michigan State, and Northern Illinois.

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